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CFC SINGLES FOR CHRIST

EXPLANATI ON OF THE LOGO

The logo and the motto together provide a fitting summary of what the Jubilee Year is all about. The motto Merciful Like the Father (taken from the Gospel of Luke, 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure (cf. Lk 6:37-38). The logo the work of Jesuit Father Marko I. Rupnik presents a small summa theologiae of the theme of mercy. In fact, it represents an image quite important to the early Church: that of the Son having taken upon his shoulders the lost soul demonstrating that it is the love of Christ that brings to completion the mystery of his incarnation culminating in redemption. The logo has been designed in such a way so as to express the profound way in which the Good Shepherd touches the flesh of humanity and does so with a love with the power to change one’s life. One particular feature worthy of note is that while the Good Shepherd, in his great mercy, takes humanity upon himself, his eyes are merged with those of man. Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the eyes of Christ. Every person discovers in Christ, the new Adam, one’s own humanity and the future that lies ahead, contemplating, in his gaze, the love of the Father.

The scene is captured within the so called mandorla (the shape of an almond), a figure quite important in early and medieval iconography, for it calls to mind the two natures of Christ, divine and human. The three concentric ovals, with colors progressively lighter as we move outward, suggest the movement of Christ who carries humanity out of the night of sin and death. Conversely, the depth of the darker color suggests the impenetrability of the love of the Father who forgives all.1

In this Jubilee Year, may the Church echo the word of God that resounds strong and clear as a message and a sign of pardon, strength, aid, and love. May she never tire of extending mercy, and be ever patient in offering compassion and comfort. May the Church become the voice of every man and woman, and repeat confidently without end: Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old(Ps 25:6).2

  • 1 Taken from:

http://www.iubilaeummisericordiae.va/content/gdm/en/giubileo/logo.html © 2015 Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization (PCPNE)

  • 2 Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 2015, #25.

TABLE OF C ONTEN TS

Explanation of the Logo Declaration of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee Definitions

Extraordinary Jubilee Year

Mercy Theological and Biblical Definitions Works of Mercy

Corporal Works of Mercy Spiritual Works of Mercy

Sacrament of Reconciliation Indulgences

Plenary Indulgence

The CFC SFC in the Jubilee Year of mercy The Holy Door Prayer Upon Entering Through the Holy Door

Prayers for Pilgrims of Mercy

The Celebration of Holy Eucharist Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Devotional Prayers

Eucharistic Adoration Angel Prayer at Fatima Spiritual Communion The Holy Rosary Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy Chaplet of Divine Mercy Litany of Humility Act of Contrition Prayer for the Holy Souls Prayer of Mother Theresa Prayer of St Augustine

Pope Francis reflects on Scripture Passages of Mercy

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On Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 5.30 p.m. before the Holy Door of the Vatican Basilica, St. Peters, on the occasion of the First Vespers of the Divine Mercy Sunday, the Holy Father Francis published the Bull Misericordiae Vultus for the announcement of the Jubilee of Mercy. The Holy Father is asking the entire Church to enter into a time of: learning about Gods mercy, praying for Gods mercy and living a lifestyle of Gods mercy.

To assist the Church in the Popes declaration, he wrote a Bull of Indiction, Misericordiae Vultus, (The Face of Mercy). 3 He begins immediately with the reminder that “Jesus Christ is the face of the Fathers mercy. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him.4 He reminds not only the church, but also the world, that it is the mercy of the Father who grants us salvation through Jesus Christ. It is the mission of the entire church to manifest the mercy of God in the world, both spiritually and corporally. Every Particular Church (diocese), therefore, will be directly involved in living out this Holy Year as an extraordinary moment of grace and spiritual renewal.5

December 8, 2015, the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50 th anniversary of the closing of Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, marks the opening of the “Holy Door” at St. Peters Basilica Rome (the beginning of the extraordinary jubilee year). The Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope.6 The end of the extraordinary jubilee

year will be celebrated on the “liturgical Solemnity of Christ the King on 20 November 2016.7

The Holy Father expresses his desire for this extraordinary year of mercy in stating: We will entrust the life of the Church, all humanity, and the entire cosmos to the Lordship of Christ, asking him to pour out his mercy upon us like the morning dew, so that everyone may work together to build a brighter future. How much I desire that the year to come will be steeped in mercy, so that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing the goodness and tenderness of God! May the balm of mercy reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the Kingdom of God is already present in our midst!8

CFC SINGLES FOR CHRIST

This booklet is to assist the SFCs pilgrim to enter into this extraordinary jubilee year of mercy. All are encouraged to enter into a pilgrimage, both

interiorly and

if possible, physically. The practice of pilgrimage has a

special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a

pilgrim travelling along the road, making their way to the desired destination.9 The destination is Jesus, who is the Divine Mercy.

All the Catholic faithful are invited to participate in various activities offered through their Dioceses and through our local parishes. Some of the events include: making a pilgrimage to the Holy Door of our Cathedral; celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Holy hour especially the 24 Hours vigil and Day of Confessions” March 4-5 2016; participating the Jubilee Visita Iglesia; the Holy Week Retreat on Mercy and participation in the Diocesan Pilgrim Pass” through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy; acts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving; adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, praying for mercy for our Diocese; supporting outreaches to the poor and the marginalized; and other locally organized efforts to create a lifestyle of mercy.

  • 7 Ibid., #5.

  • 8 Ibid., #5.

  • 9 Ibid., #1.

We are encouraged to take seriously the call to conversion and be witnesses of Divine Mercy in the world for the promotion of the New Evangelization.

PRAYER OF THE HOLY FATHER FOR T HE JUB ILEE

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved.

Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.

Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: If you knew the gift of God!

You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.

You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:

let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

Amen. 10

DEFINITIONS

EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE YEAR

A jubilee year has a long historical standing in the life of the Church. The history of ordinary jubilee years are marked by their occurrence every 50 or 25 years. In recent memory we experienced the Great Jubilee Year” in 2000. This extraordinary jubilee year of mercy has its own unique nature and aims as it is a thematic jubilee on the the 50 th anniversary of the closing of Vatican II.

MERCY THEOLOGICA L AND BIBLICA L DEFINITIONS

Mercya definition: The disposition toward loving kindness, compassion, and/or forbearance. Mercy impels a person toward concern and a readiness to render assistance. It is also shown to one who offends, in particular the mercy of God to sinners (Neh 9:17; Wis 15:1) (CCC 1422, 1829).11 Mercy and compassion are intimately connected in the Holy Bible. Mercy and compassion are most perfectly demonstrated and characterized by Gods own merciful and loving care for his people, and in particular by the gift of mercy through Jesus Christ.” 12 So it is that Jesus came to offer the greatest act of mercy, which was to reconcile all things in Himself to the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Mercy is the message of the bible, especially in the New Testament. Gods merciful faithfulness results in sending John the Baptist and then Jesus to save people (Luke 1:50, 54, 58, 72, 78; Eph. 2:45). Individuals who are sick or distressed plead with Jesus to have mercy on them (Matt. 15:22; 17:15; 20:3031; Luke 17:13; cf. Mark 5:19).

Paul emphasizes the salvation of the Gentiles as an ultimate expression of Gods mercy (Rom. 11:3031; 15:9), and in 1 Timothy Paul’s own salvation (as a former persecutor of the church) is cited as an illustration of Gods mercy (1:13, 16). Gods mercy toward the faithful will manifest itself at the final judgment (2 Tim. 1:18; Jude 21; cf. Luke 16:24). References to mercy were

incorporated into early Christian benedictions (1Tim. 1:2; 2 John 3; Jude 2).13

Jesus says to his followers, Take up your cross and follow me.14 The sufferings and hardships of life are not punishments, but opportunities of mercy. To give and receive mercy. The promise of Jesus is not that life will not have suffering and hardship, but that he transforms suffering and hardship to the glory of the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit.

  • 11 Scott Hahn, ed., Catholic Bible Dictionary (New York; London; Toronto; Sydney; Auckland: Doubleday, 2009),

601.

  • 12 John Frederick, “Mercy and Compassion,ed. Douglas Mangum et al., Lexham Theological Wordbook, Lexham Bible Reference Series (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2014).

  • 13 Anthony J. Saldarini and Mark Allan Powell, Mercy,ed. Mark Allan Powell, The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated) (New York: HarperCollins, 2011), 625.

14 Cf. Matt 16:24-28

WORKS OF MERCY

The Jubilee Year is to enliven in the hearts of the faithful the desire to live mercy in our daily lives. Pope Francis states: “It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.15 Upon reflecting both the corporal and spiritual works of mercy and incorporating them into the daily practice of the faith, the preaching of Jesus is made visible once more in the response of faith which Christians are called to offer by their witness.” 16

The corporal works of mercy and the spiritual works of mercy work in concert with each other. What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But someone will say, You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.(James 2:14-19) Both faith and works are necessary because both express our love for Jesus and the sharing in Jesus’ mission to reveal the mercy of God the Father to the world. The only way to do the works of mercy is with our eyes fixed on Jesus and his merciful gaze, we experience the love of the Most Holy Trinity.17

CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY

Corporal literally means in the flesh. Works of mercy have the hands of believers actively working in the world. Many of the social institutions such as our Catholic hospitals, family services, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, soup kitchens, prolife organizations, food banks and advocacy groups are borne of living the corporal works of mercy. Pope Francis is an example of the corporal works of mercy in action. A clear example of this was when he chose to wash the feet of the inmates at a youth detention centre on the solemnity of Holy Thursday in his first year of his pontificate.

  • 15 Misericordiae Vultus, #15.

  • 16 Ibid., #16.

  • 17 Misericordiae Vultus, #8

Traditionally there are seven categories of corporal works of mercy which are biblically based. These are, but not limited to (1) feeding the hungry; (2) giving drink to the thirsty; (3) clothing the naked; (4) sheltering the stranger; (5) visiting the sick; (6) ministering to prisoners; (7) burying the dead. (cf. Mt. 25:35)18

SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY

The spiritual works of mercy: (1) to counsel the doubtful, (2) instruct the ignorant, (3) admonish sinners, (4) comfort the afflicted, (5) forgive offences, (6) bear patiently those who do us ill, and (7) pray for the living and the dead.”

  • 19 It is from the heart of authentic encounter with Jesus, that the believer can offer these spiritual works of mercy.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIA TION

The mercy of God is infinite. The human person has free-will to accept this infinite mercy or reject it. The Sacrament 20 of Reconciliation is where we can authentically encounter Jesus’ healing mercy. When we open our hearts, fully confessing our sins, desiring to sin no moreand we receive the words of forgiveness (absolution), then we can share that mercy with others in a more complete way. Pope Francis is urging people to return to the experience of celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Through this experience they (the penitents) are rediscovering a path back to the Lord, living a moment of intense prayer and finding meaning in their lives. Let us place the Sacrament

  • 18 F. L. Cross and Elizabeth A. Livingstone, eds., The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2005), 423.

  • 19 Ibid., #15.

  • 20 An efficacious sign of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us through the work of the Holy Spirit (774, 1131).” Catholic Church, Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Ed. (Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference, 2000), 898.

of Reconciliation at the centre once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of Gods mercy with their own hands. For every penitent, it (the Sacrament of Reconciliation) will be a source of true interior peace.21

One who is forgiven much, loves much. When Jesus visits the house of the Pharisee Simon, he confronts him with the need for forgiveness and mercy with the parable. “‘A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?Simon answered, The one, I suppose, to whom he forgave more.’ And he said to him, You have judged rightly.’” (Luke 7:4143) He points out to Simon and his guests the necessity of forgiveness and being forgiven. He does not dismiss the sins of the individual, but acknowledge them and releases them from their sins. “‘Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.’ And he said to her, Your sins are forgiven.’” (Luke 7:47-48) Jesus, in that act of forgiveness, raises the woman up. He restores her dignity as a beloved child of God. Jesus directly calls us to forgive, be forgiven and restore the dignity of the person to their full stature.

To sin is not human, it is actually contrary to what it means to be human. When we sin, we make ourselves, in a way, less human and it dehumanizes others. Jesus was fully human, and did not sin. Sin against Jesus disfigured Him through His passion and cross. The purpose of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus is to free us from the yoke of sin. (cf. Romans 6:4) No matter what our sins are, the infinite mercy of God is available to everyone. It is up to the person, to admit their sins, to repent of their sins, to receive the mercy of God and finally to take the concrete steps to not repeat that sin. This is the core of Jesus’ healing ministry. (cf. CCC 619-623)

INDULGENCES

As it states in the Catechism of the Catholic Church; An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains

21 Misericordiae Vultus, #17.

under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.” In other words, there is an effect when we sin, although we have gone to confession, sincerely repentant, there is still an effect in the world. No sin is private. An indulgence is another great act of mercy by God the Father through the working of the Church He established. 22

An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin.” The faithful can gain indulgences for themselves or apply them to the dead.23 Therefore, the mercy of God the Father is reflected in the mercy of indulgences. Indulgences are not earned, but are offered to the people who open their hearts to receiving the generous gift of God given through the authority of the Church. “It becomes indulgence on the part of the Father who, through the Bride of Christ, his Church, reaches the pardoned sinner and frees them from every residue left by the consequences of sin, enabling them to act with charity, to grow in love rather than to fall back into sin.24

PLENARY INDULGENCE

Granted by the Holy Father for this year of mercy.

Let us live this Jubilee

intensely, begging the Father to forgive our sins and to bathe us in his merciful indulgence.’” 25 In modern Roman Catholic theology a plenary indulgence is held to remit the whole of the temporal punishment due to an individuals sins. 26 It can be offered for ourselves for others or for the holy souls in purgatory. The parameters of a plenary indulgence is to (1) celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (2) to receive Holy Communion (3) pray for the intentions of the Holy Father (usually an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be) and if able physically (4) enter through the “Holy Door.

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‘breathes’ dispense Cf. John forgiveness on 20: them 19-23 (known through In this in passage, biblical the power Jesus scholarship of appears the Holy as to Spirit. the the ‘little apostles Pentecost) (the leadership and gives of them the Church) authority and to

23

Catholic Church, Catechism of the Catholic Church, (herein CCC) #1471.

24

Misericordiae Vultus, #22.

25

Ibid., #22.

26

Church See (Oxford; F. L. Cross New and York: Elizabeth Oxford A. University Livingstone, Press, eds., 2005), The Oxford 1310. Dictionary of the Christian

PILGRIMAGE T O THE H OL Y D O OR,

THE HOLY DOOR

In Rome, at St. Peters Basilica, Pope Francis will open the Holy Door. According to Mondo Vaticano,’ a mini-encyclopedia published by the Vatican, the designation of a Holy Door may trace back to the ancient Christian practice of public penitence when sinners were given public penances to perform before receiving absolution. The penitents were not allowed to enter a church before completing the penance, but they were solemnly welcomed back in when their penance was fulfilled. Still today, Holy Year pilgrims enter the basilica through the Holy Door as a sign of their repentance and re- commitment to a life of faith.” 27 As pope Francis states, At the discretion of the local ordinary, a similar door (to the ones in Rome) may be opened at any shrine frequented by large groups of pilgrims, since visits to these holy sites are so often grace-filled moments, as people discover a path to conversion. Every Particular Church, therefore, will be directly involved in living out this Holy Year as an extraordinary moment of grace and spiritual renewal. Thus the Jubilee will be celebrated both in Rome and in the Particular Churches as a visible sign of the Churchs universal communion.28

The Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope.” 29 Exiting the doors, we take Gods mercy to others.

  • 27 From https://cnsblog.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/proclaiming-the-holy- year-at-the-holy-door/

28 Misericordiae Vultus, #3

  • 29 Ibid., #3

PRAYER UPON ENTERING THROUGH THE HOLY DOOR

To prepare to enter through the Holy Door, reflect on the mercy that God has had for you in your life. Take the opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation either before or after entering the Holy Door. Perhaps do an examination of conscience, prior to entering, where we recognize our sins, repent for them and make a resolve not to sin any more. This is an opportunity to truly experience the mercy of God. Offering the following prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father and for the conversion of the world to the heart of mercy.

Before entering, pray an Our Father,remembering that you are a beloved child of God and that we all belong to God the Father and that Jesus is our brother. Jesus is also the one who has taught us this prayer of obedience to the will of the Father. It is also through Jesus that we are united to all of humanity. Jesus is the Divine Mercy, who through His open side pours forth love and mercy itself.

Pray a Hail Mary,remembering that through consecrating our hearts through the pierced Immaculate Heart of Mary that we are intimately connected to her Son, Jesus. We entrust our prayers to Mary, Star of the New Evangelization. 30

Offer a Glory Be …’ as a reminder that through our Baptism we entered into the Church and were immersed into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

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enter through the holy doors we can

similar prayer.

pray the following or

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Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God Have mercy on me (my family, my parish community, our diocese, our country, our world)

Amen

  • 30 See Novo Millennio Ineunte, #58.

The Holy Spirit guides us in all prayer. (cf. Romans 8:26-27) Perhaps you can offer spontaneous prayers of thanksgiving for Gods mercy, and that all who call themselves Christian may be examples of mercy in the whole world for the sake of the proclamation of the Good News. Pray that the Holy Spirit inspires people to be missionaries of mercy; feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty; clothing the naked; welcoming the stranger; visiting those sick or in prison. (cf. Matt 25:31-46) Pray that the the Holy Spirit will move through us, in Jesus’ name to be instruments of Gods mercy in a wounded world in need of justice, peace and reconciliation. If possible, visit various areas of the cathedral such as the tabernacle area, the stations of the cross or Our Lady Chapel. If there is a priest available to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation, then do so. Open wide the doors of your heart, to receive the Mercy of God!

When we leave the cathedral, we go out the doors to bring mercy to the world. We become, as it were, missionaries of mercy. Make a resolve in your heart that you will obedient to where the Holy Spirit leads you, in order to be like the merciful Father.

PRAYERS F OR PILGRIMS OF MERC Y

THE CELEBRATION OF HOLY EUCHARIST

The Eucharist is the source and summit of

the

Christian

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ecclesiastical (church) ministries and works of the apostolate (works of mercy), are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.31 In other words, all the work of mercy has its beginning and end in the celebration of mass. The Churchs mission is to bring all things into communion with Jesus. Jesus is mercy. It is a great act of mercy to invite people to encounter Jesus in the Eucharist.

CELEBRATION OF THE SACR AMENT OF RECONCILIATION

It is encouraged to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation at least two times a year. The habitual celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation helps the person to be honest with themselves and in their spiritual journey. To stick to the way of evil will only leave one deluded and sad. True life is something entirely different. God never tires of reaching out to us.32 A special effort can be made to celebrate the sacrament with the mind of conversion and mercy. If you have not celebrated the sacrament in some time DO NOT BE AFRAID. Fear can paralyze us, and we want to be free. Use this simple guide to return to the regular sacrament of reconciliation.

1) Reflect on your life with an eye to where the healing hand of Jesus can touch. Be honest with the sins you have committed so that they may no longer have power in your life. There are several good examinations of conscience on the web. One recommendation is to go to the Knights of Columbus website and click on the pamphlet for examination of conscience. 33

2) Enter into the confessional with the priest celebrant and say Bless me

father, for I have sinned. It has been

___

since my last confession, and

these are my sins.3) The priest will often say a prayer or simply state your sins. The sacrament of reconciliation is not to be confused with spiritual direction although can be in the context of spiritual direction. The sacrament is a time to be direct and not make excuses for our sins. It is always a passage from slavery to freedom as children of God.

sacrifice, 31 Catechism who of takes the Catholic away the Church, sins of #1324. the world (Note: this Christ is the our ultimate Paschgift is in of reference mercy that to Jesus Jesus has being done the by lamb His of

suffering, death and resurrection to mercifully redeem the human race)

  • 32 Ibid., #19

Columbus 33 For and for excellent, the parish, simple see: examination http://www.kofc.org/en/resources/cis/devotionals/2075.pdf of conscience which can be ordered through your local Knights of

4) Once you have finished confessing all the sins you can remember, then state: For these sins and for the sins I cannot remember, I ask pardon and peace.5) The priest will offer a bit of advice and then give you a penance (a small act of sacrifice for atonement.) He then will ask to you pray and act of contrition. There are many different acts of contrition. A simple act of contrition is: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Amen” 6) The priest will pray the prayer of absolution: God the Father of mercy …” At the end of the prayer of mercy and absolution, the priest will make the sign of the cross, and you do the same. 7) You can then thank the priest and go and fulfill your penance giving God the Father of mercy praise and thanksgiving for the new found freedom.

DEVOTIONAL PRAYERS

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is a wonderful opportunity to contemplate the face of Jesus and meditate on the mercy of God. Spending time in adoration, helps ones heart grow in mercy. St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta insisted that she and her sisters spend at least one to two hours before the exposed Blessed Sacrament before engaging in the corporal works of mercy. This was to give strength to the soul to reach out to the needs of the poor. In a way, it helps one to be in touch with ones own poverty in order to address the poverty of the other.

Various parishes across the diocese offer the opportunity for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Contact your local parish for the times and location of adoration.

ANGEL PRAYER AT FATIMA

An angel appeared to the three children of Fatima and taught them this prayer. It can be prayed in the context of the rosary, as a personal devotion or at adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. It is a prayer pleading for mercy and encouraging devotion.

My God, I believe, I adore and I love You! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, nor adore, nor hope, nor love You.

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I adore You profoundly. I offer You the most precious Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world in reparation or the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended. And, through the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of you conversion of sinners.

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

For those who find themselves in circumstances that are limited or restricted physically, one can make a spiritual act of communion. Offering our sacrifices for families and parishes, that they may experience the mercy of God. One can also be united to the poor through our own sacrifices and heeding the call of Christ to sell what we have and give it to the poor and follow Him.

THE HOLY ROSARY

The rosary is known as the summary of the Gospel,’ when one meditates on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary, one can meditate on the great mercy God has given through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The apparitions approved by the Church of Our Lady are urgent signs and messages of mercy for our age. There are many resources available to guide one through praying the rosary. One such resource is the “Scriptural Rosaryoffered in the Diocese through the Knights of Columbus.

HAIL HOLY QUEEN, MOTHER OF MERCY

Mary attests that the mercy of the Son of God knows no bounds and extends to everyone, without exception. Let us address her in the words of the Salve Regina, a prayer ever ancient and ever new, so that she may never tire of turning her merciful eyes upon us, and make us worthy to contemplate the face of mercy, her Son Jesus.34

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then,

most gracious Advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus, O merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY

The chaplet of Divine Mercy is prayed on the beads of the Holy Rosary. It was given to St. Faustina. Our prayer also extends to the saints and blessed ones who made divine mercy their mission in life. I think especially of the great apostle of mercy, Saint Faustina Kowalska. May she, who was called to enter the depths of divine mercy, intercede for us and obtain for us the grace of living and walking always according to the mercy of God and with an unwavering trust in his love.35 In St. Faustinas diary Jesus expresses His desire to be united with all people in prayer.

After Communion today, Jesus told me how much He desires to come to human hearts. I desire to unite Myself with human souls; My great delight is to unite Myself with souls. Know, My daughter, that when I come to a human heart in Holy Communion, My hands are full of all kinds of graces which I want to give to the soul. But souls do not even pay any attention to Me; they leave Me to Myself and busy themselves with other things. Oh, how sad I am that souls do not recognize Love! They treat Me as a dead object. 36

  • 34 Misericordiae Vultus, #24

  • 35 Ibid., #24.

  • 36 Kowalska, St. Faustina, Diary of Sr. Faustina, #1385 November 19.

We pray that Jesus never be a dead object, but the object of our love, devotion and divine mercy.

  • 1. Make the Sign of the Cross

  • 2. Optional Opening Prayers

You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

(Repeat three times) O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

  • 3. Our Father

  • 4. Hail Mary

  • 5. The Apostle's Creed

  • 6. Eternal Father

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

  • 7. On the Ten Small Beads of Each Decade

We pray that Jesus never be a dead object, but the object of our love, devotion

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

  • 8. Repeat for the remaining decades

Saying the "Eternal Father" (6) on the "Our Father" bead and then 10 "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion" (7) on the following "Hail Mary" beads.

  • 9. Conclude with Holy God (Repeat three times)

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

(Repeat 3 times the following prayer)

Jesus, I trust in you

Sign of the cross 37

LITANY OF HUMILITY

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me. From the desire of being esteemed,

R: Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being

 

the desire of being

extolled

the desire of being

honored

the desire of being

praised ...From the desire of being preferred to others...

From the desire of being consulted ...From the desire of being approved ...From the fear of being humiliated ...From the fear of being despised...From the fear of suffering rebukes ...From the fear of being calumniated ...From the fear of being forgotten ...

37 Taken from:

From the fear of being ridiculed ...

From the fear of being wronged ...

From the fear of being suspected ...

That others may be loved more than I,

R: Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I ...

That, in the opinion of the world,others may increase and I may decrease ...

That others may be chosen and I set aside ...

That others may be praised and I unnoticed ...

That others may be preferred to me in everything...

That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should38

ACT OF CONTRITION

Traditional:

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. 39

Simple:

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Amen

PRAYER FOR THE HOLY SOULS

Immortal God, holy Lord, Father and Protector of all You have created, we raise our hearts to You today for those who have passed out of this mortal life.

In Your loving mercy, Father of all, be pleased to receive them in Your heavenly company, and forgive the failings and faults they may have done from human frailty.

Your only Son, Christ, our Saviour, suffered so cruelly that He might deliver them from the second death. By his merits may they share in the glory of His victory over sin and death.

For all the faithful who have died we pray, but in particular for those dear to us, parents, relatives and friends. nor do we forget all who did good to us while on earth, who helped us by their prayers, sacrifice and example We pray also for any who may have done us harm, and stand in special need of Your forgiveness.

May the merits and prayers of our Virgin Mother, Mary, and those of all the Angels and Saints, speak for us and assist them now. This we ask in Christ's name.

Amen. 40

PRAYER OF MOTHER THERESA

RAY WILLIAMS TOLD A STORY ABOUT MOTH ER TERES A.

One day, a cameraman was filming Mother Teresa for a documentary, while she was caring for some of the most wretched of the poor of Calcutta. As she cleaned the sores of one man, wiping up the pus and bandaging his wounds, the cameraman blurted out, "I wouldn't do that if you gave me a million dollars." To which Mother Teresa replied, "Neither would I."

That spirit of Christian charity suffuses this prayer, which Mother Teresa prayed daily. And this prayer reminds us that the reason we care for the bodily needs of others is that our love for them makes us long to bring their souls to Christ. We act as Christ did so that others may not only hear the words of Christ through the preaching of His Gospel but may see Him in everything we do. "Faith without works is dead": but faith that results in works can plant the seeds of faith in others.

THE DAILY PRAYER

OF MOTH ER TERESA

Dear Jesus, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus. Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others. Amen. 41

PRAYER OF ST AUGUSTINE

Saint Augustine (354-430) experienced great mercy in his life. His conversion was great. He had an authentic encounter with Christ and chose to change his ways through the gift of the Holy Spirit. His mother, St. Monica, prayed for his conversion for years. St. Augustine was inspired to write many prayers, one of which is the following poetic prayer to the Holy Spirit:

41 Copied from: http://catholicism.about.com/od/dailyprayers/qt/Daily- Prayer-Of-Mother- Teresa.htm

HOLY SPIRIT

PRAYER OF SAINT AU GUSTINE

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, That my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, That my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, That I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, To defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, That I always may be holy. 42

PO PE FRANCI S REFLEC TS ON SCRI PTURE PAS SAGES OF MERC Y

To know the mercy of God and to be a missionary of mercy, we must be familiar with Gods holy Word. Taking the time to make Sacred Scripture part of our journey of Mercy is key to experiencing mercy and being disciples of mercy.

Pope Francis states; With our eyes fixed on Jesus and his merciful gaze, we experience the love of the Most Holy Trinity. The mission Jesus received from the Father was that of revealing the mystery of divine love in its fullness. God is love(1 Jn 4:8,16), John affirms for the first and only time in all of Holy Scripture. This love has now been made visible and tangible in Jesus’ entire life. His person is nothing but love, a love given gratuitously. The relationships he forms with the people who approach him manifest something entirely unique and unrepeatable. The signs he works, especially in favour of sinners, the poor, the marginalized, the sick, and the suffering, are all meant to teach mercy. Everything in him speaks of mercy. Nothing in him is devoid of compassion.

Jesus, seeing the crowds of people who followed him, realized that they were tired and exhausted, lost and without a guide, and he felt deep compassion for

them (cf. Mt 9:36). On the basis of this compassionate love he healed the sick who were presented to him (cf. Mt 14:14), and with just a few loaves of bread and fish he satisfied the enormous crowd (cf. Mt 15:37). What moved Jesus in all of these situations was nothing other than mercy, with which he read the hearts of those he encountered and responded to their deepest need. When he came upon the widow of Nain taking her son out for burial, he felt great compassion for the immense suffering of this grieving mother, and he gave back her son by raising him from the dead (cf. Lk 7:15). After freeing the demoniac in the country of the Gerasenes, Jesus entrusted him with this mission: Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you” (Mk 5:19). The calling of Matthew is also presented within the context of mercy. Passing by the tax collectors booth, Jesus looked intently at Matthew. It was a look full of mercy that forgave the sins of that man, a sinner and a tax collector, whom Jesus chose against the hesitation of the disciples to become one of the Twelve.” 43

The Calendar of Major Events for the Jubilee

December 2015

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Solemnity of the Immaculate ConceptionMass for the Opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica.St. Peter’s Square

Sunday, December 13, 2015

III Sunday of Advent

Opening of the Holy Doors of the Basilicas of St. John Lateran and St. Paul Outside the Walls and of the Cathedrals of the World.

January 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

World Day for Peace.Opening of the Holy Door of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major.

Tuesday, January 19 - Thursday 21, 2016

Jubilee for those Engaged in Pilgrimage Work.

February 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ash Wednesday

Sending forth of the Missionaries of Mercy, St.

Peter’s Basilica.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

Jubilee for the Roman Curia, the Governorate and the Institutions connectedwith the Holy See.

Jubilee sign of the Holy Father: witness of the works of mercy.

march 2016

Friday, March 4 - Saturday 5, 2016

“24 Hours for the Lord”with a penitential

liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica on the afternoon of

Friday, March 4.

april 2016

Friday, April 1 - Sunday 3, 2016

Divine Mercy Sunday

Jubilee for those who are devoted to the spirituality of Divine Mercy.

Saturday, April 23 - Monday 25, 2016

V Sunday of Easter

Jubilee for young boys and girls (ages 13 16) To profess the faith and constructa culture of mercy.

Jubilee sign of the Holy Father: witness of the works of mercy.

may 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

“Dry the tears”Prayer Vigil for all those in need of consolation.

Friday, May 27 - Sunday 29, 2016

The Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Italy

Jubilee for deacons.

Extraordinary Holy Year 8.XII.2015 20.XI.2016

June 2016

Wednesday, June 1 - Friday 3, 2016

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Jubilee for priests.160 years since the introduction of the Feast by Pius IX in 1856.

Friday, June 10 - Sunday 12, 2016

XI Sunday of Ordinary Time

Jubilee for those who are ill and for persons with disabilities.

Jubilee sign of the Holy Father: witness of the works of mercy.

July 2016

Tuesday, July 26 - Sunday 31, 2016

To conclude on the XVIII Sundayof Ordinary TimeJubilee for young people.World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.

September 2016

Friday, September 2 - Sunday 4, 2016

XXIII Sunday of Ordinary TimeMemorial of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta September 5Jubilee for workers and volunteers of mercy.

Friday, September 23 - Sunday 25, 2016

XXVI Sunday of Ordinary Time

Jubilee for catechists.

OctOber 2016

Friday, October 7 - Sunday 9, 2016

Friday, Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

Marian Jubilee.

nOvember 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016

XXXII Sunday of Ordinary Time

In St. Peters Basilica, the Jubilee for prisoners.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

XXXIII Sunday of Ordinary Time

Closing of the Holy Doors in the Basilicas of Rome and in the Dioceses of the world.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ,King of the UniverseClosing of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica and the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy.

Official Hymn of the Jubilee of Mercy

Misericordes sicut Pater! Misericordes sicut Pater!

1. Give thanks to the Father, for He is good

in aeternum misericordia eius

He created the world with wisdom

in aeternum misericordia eius

He leads His people throughout history

in aeternum misericordia eius

He pardons and welcomes His children

in aeternum misericordia eius

2. Give thanks to the Son, Light of the Nations

in aeternum misericordia eius

He loved us with a heart of esh

in aeternum misericordia eius

As we receive from Him, let us also give to Him

in aeternum misericordia eius

Hearts open to those who hunger and thirst

in aeternum misericordia eius

Misericordes sicut Pater! Misericordes sicut Pater!

[cfr Lc 6, 36] [motto Jubilee of Mercy] [cf. Ps 135/6] [cf. Lk 15] [cf. Jn 15,12] [cf. Mt 25,31 ff.]

3. Let us ask the Spirit for the seven holy gifts

in aeternum misericordia eius

Fount of all goodness and the sweetest relief

in aeternum misericordia eius

Comforted by Him, let us offer comfort

in aeternum misericordia eius

Love hopes and bears all things

in aeternum misericordia eius

4. Let us ask for peace from the God of all peace

in aeternum misericordia eius

The earth waits for the Good News of the Kingdom

in aeternum misericordia eius

Joy and pardon in the hearts of the little ones

in aeternum misericordia eius

The heavens and the earth will be renewed

in aeternum misericordia eius

Misericordes sicut Pater! Misericordes sicut Pater!

[cf. Jn 15,26-27] [cf. 1Cor 13,7]

[cf. Mt 24,14]

[cf. Ap 21,1]

NB: The score of the hymn may be downloaded from the Jubilee website (www.im.va) in the section dedicated to the logo and the hymn.

DOORS OF MERCY

WORLDWIDE

DOORS OF MERCY WORLDWIDE Doors of Mercy PHILIPPINES <a href=Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception 13 December 2015 - 13 November 2016 Malolos City luistan2013@gmail.com The Church was established by the Augustinian Missionaries in 1572. The Cathedral is the home of the Canonically crowned Image of the "Virgen Inmaculada Concepcion de Malolos" Open Hours Open daily from 5:00 am-8:00 pm Times of Liturgical Celebrations Daily Masses 5:30 am, 6:30 am, 7:00 am, 6:00 pm Wednesday: 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm Sunday Masses (Every hour from 5:00 am-11:00 am; 5:00 pm-7:00 pm) Hours for Confession daily before Mass Every First Friday 5:00 pm " id="pdf-obj-30-6" src="pdf-obj-30-6.jpg">

Doors of Mercy

PHILIPPINES

13 December 2015 - 13 November 2016 Malolos City

The Church was established by the Augustinian Missionaries in 1572. The Cathedral is the home of the Canonically crowned Image of the "Virgen Inmaculada Concepcion de Malolos"

Open Hours Open daily from 5:00 am-8:00 pm

Times of Liturgical Celebrations Daily Masses 5:30 am, 6:30 am, 7:00 am, 6:00 pm Wednesday: 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Sunday Masses (Every hour from 5:00 am-11:00 am; 5:00 pm-7:00 pm)

Hours for Confession daily before Mass Every First Friday 5:00 pm

13 December 2015 - 13 November 2016 Quezon City cathedral@dioceseofcubao.ph +6327255962

The Immaculate Conception Parish was erected on July 15, 1950. On August 28, 2003, when the Diocese of Cubao was established, it was liturgically proclaimed a cathedral. Thus, it is now known as The Immaculate Conception Cathedral of Cubao.

The Immaculate Conception Parish was erected on July 15, 1950. On August 28, 2003, when the Diocese of Cubao was established, it was liturgically proclaimed a cathedral. Thus, it is now known as The Immaculate Conception Cathedral of Cubao.

<a href=The Immaculate Conception Cathedral of Cubao 13 December 2015 - 13 November 2016 Quezon City cathedral@dioceseofcubao.ph +6327255962 The Immaculate Conception Parish was erected on July 15, 1950. On August 28, 2003, when the Diocese of Cubao was established, it was liturgically proclaimed a cathedral. Thus, it is now known as The Immaculate Conception Cathedral of Cubao. The Immaculate Conception Parish was erected on July 15, 1950. On August 28, 2003, when the Diocese of Cubao was established, it was liturgically proclaimed a cathedral. Thus, it is now known as The Immaculate Conception Cathedral of Cubao. Open Hours 5:00 am - 8:00 pm Times of Liturgical Celebrations Sunday: 6:00, 7:15, 8:30, and 11:00 am 3:30, 4:45, 6:00, and 7:15 pm Monday - Saturday: 5:30, 6:10, and 7:00 am 6:00 pm During the Jubilee of Mercy, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed at the Cathedral the whole day on Fridays. Hours for Confession Priests are available to hear Confessions during all regular Masses. During the Jubilee of Mercy, Priests will be available to hear Confessions the whole day on Fridays Cathedral Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception 13 December 2015 - 13 November 2016 Virac viracchancery@yahoo.com +638111408 This Church was founded in the year but due to typhoons was destroyed and reconstructed. In August 27, 1974, the Immaculate Conception Church in Virac was raised into a cathedral simultaneous with the erection of the Diocese of Virac. Open Hours Weekdays: from 5 AM to 9 AM and 1 PM to 7 PM Weekends: from 4 AM to 9 PM Times of Liturgical Celebrations Monday to Saturday: 5:30 AM, 6:30 AM, 5:30 PM Sunday: 5 AM, 6:30 AM, 8:30 AM, 3 PM, 4:30 PM, 6 PM, 7:30 PM Baptism: Every Saturday at 11 AM Holy Hour: First Thursday of the month at 6 PM Hours for Confession Every Thursday and Friday at 9 AM to 11 AM and 4 PM and 5PM Other Information Mass Wedding: Every Thursday on the 5:30 morning mass Pre-Cana Seminar: Saturday - 9 AM to 11 AM " id="pdf-obj-31-12" src="pdf-obj-31-12.jpg">

Open Hours 5:00 am - 8:00 pm

Times of Liturgical Celebrations Sunday:

6:00, 7:15, 8:30, and 11:00 am 3:30, 4:45, 6:00, and 7:15 pm

Monday - Saturday:

5:30, 6:10, and 7:00 am 6:00 pm

During the Jubilee of Mercy, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed at the Cathedral the whole day on Fridays.

Hours for Confession Priests are available to hear Confessions during all regular Masses.

During the Jubilee of Mercy, Priests will be available to hear Confessions the whole day on Fridays

13 December 2015 - 13 November 2016 Virac viracchancery@yahoo.com +638111408

This Church was founded in the year but due to typhoons was destroyed and reconstructed. In August 27, 1974, the Immaculate Conception Church in Virac was raised into a cathedral simultaneous with the erection of the Diocese of Virac.

Open Hours Weekdays: from 5 AM to 9 AM and 1 PM to 7 PM Weekends: from 4 AM to 9 PM

Times of Liturgical Celebrations Monday to Saturday: 5:30 AM, 6:30 AM, 5:30 PM Sunday: 5 AM, 6:30 AM, 8:30 AM, 3 PM, 4:30 PM, 6 PM, 7:30 PM

Baptism: Every Saturday at 11 AM Holy Hour: First Thursday of the month at 6 PM

Hours for Confession Every Thursday and Friday at 9 AM to 11 AM and 4 PM and 5PM

Other Information Mass Wedding: Every Thursday on the 5:30 morning mass

Pre-Cana Seminar: Saturday - 9 AM to 11 AM

13 December 2015 - 13 November 2016 Dagupan

The Church has a bond of spiritual affinity with the Papal Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls

Open Hours 5:00am until 9:00pm

Times of Liturgical Celebrations Daily Masses at 5:30 am 6:30 am 7:30 am 5:30pm

Hours for Confession Daily Confessions from 11:30am until 1:00 pm

13 December 2015 - 13 November 2016 Antipolo ourladyofantipolo@yahoo.com +635717347

Open Hours

  • 6 am to 11pm

Times of Liturgical Celebrations 6am to 9am from Monday to Friday

2pm funeral mass and 6pm Monday to Friday 6am to 11am Saturdays

  • 6 and 7pm Saturdays

5am to 11am Sundays

4pm to 7pm Sundays

Hours for Confession 9am to 11am Monday to Saturday 5pm to 6pm Monday to Saturday

Other Information Our church has 3 functions: parish under the titular of the Immaculate Conception, cathedral and National Shrine under the Titular of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage

Shrine of Jesus in the Holy Sepulcher

San Pedro frmel_72692@yahoo.com +6328680303

The Diocesan Shrine of Jesus in the Holy Sepulcher is located at Barangay Landayan, City of San Pedro, Laguna. Many faithful make pilgrimage to the shrine to venerate the miraculous image of the Dead Jesus or popularly known as “Lolo Uweng”-“Lolo” in Filipino means grandfather or a title of respect for the elderly; “Uweng” is short for Emmanuel Salvador del Mundo (Emmanuel Savior of the World). According to stories,

the image was found along the shore of the Laguna de Bay, where the barangay is located. Many miracles of

healing, conversion, and the like were recorded thus the shrine became so famous not only to the people of San Pedro but also to the people of the nearby towns and cities.

Friday is the day of devotion for Lolo Uweng. During this day, approximately 100,000 faithful frequent to the shrine to make petitions and to thank God for answered prayers. Masses are celebrated hourly from 5:00am to 8:00pm. During the Holy Week, the faithful endure walking many kilometers just to arrive at the shrine.

The Most Reverend Buenaventura Famadico, DD, Bishop of San Pablo, designated the Shrine of Jesus in the

Holy Sepulcher as a Church for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy because “God’s mercy becomes tangible in the Paschal Mystery of Christ: his Passion, Death and Resurrection”.

Friday is the day of devotion for Lolo Uweng. During this day, approximately 100,000 faithful frequentmanilacathedral.ph mlacathedral@yahoo.com +635271796 The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception – Manila Metropolitan Cathedral, is the first Cathedral in the country. When the Philippines was separated from the Archdiocese of Mexico and became a new in 1581, Manila was chosen as the episcopal seat, and the Church of Manila dedicated to La Purísima e Inmaculada Concepción established by the secular priest Juan de Vivero in 1571 was chosen to become the Cathedral. Hence, the Manila Cathedral is aptly honored as the Mother Church of the Philippines. It was a motu proprio from Pope John Paul II himself, now a canonized saint, that this Cathedral was raised into the dignity of a Basilica on April 27, 1981, two months after his first visit to the Philippines in February 1981. Open Hours Tuesday – Saturday: 8:00am – 11:30am 1:00pm – 4:30pm Sunday: 8:00am – 11:30am Times of Liturgical Celebrations Schedule of Masses: Monday – Friday: 7:30am and 12:10pm Saturdays and Holidays: 7:30am Sunday: 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 6:00pm Hours for Confession Wednesday and Friday: 7:00am and 11:30am " id="pdf-obj-33-8" src="pdf-obj-33-8.jpg">

Open Hours

 

18:00

The Shrine is open daily from 06:00 to 20:00

Friday: from 05:00 to 20:00 (hourly) Sunday: 07:30, 09:30, 16:00 and 18:00

Access to the Image of Lolo Uweng:

05:00 to 20:00 (extended until 23:00 during

Holy Hour:

Friday)

Thursday: 19:00

Hours for Confession Confession:

Times of Liturgical Celebrations

Monday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday:

Holy Mass:

17:30

Monday to Thursday and Saturday: 06:00 and

Friday: from 07:00 to 19:00

Manila Cathedral

Manila

The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Manila Metropolitan Cathedral, is the first Cathedral in the country. When the Philippines was separated from the Archdiocese of Mexico and became a new in 1581, Manila was chosen as the episcopal seat, and the Church of Manila dedicated to La Purísima e Inmaculada Concepción established by the secular priest Juan de Vivero in 1571 was chosen to become the Cathedral. Hence, the Manila Cathedral is aptly honored as the Mother Church of the Philippines. It was a motu proprio from Pope John Paul II himself, now a canonized saint, that this Cathedral was raised into the dignity of a Basilica on April 27, 1981, two months after his first visit to the Philippines in February 1981.

Open Hours Tuesday Saturday: 8:00am 11:30am 1:00pm 4:30pm Sunday: 8:00am 11:30am

Times of Liturgical Celebrations Schedule of Masses:

MondayFriday: 7:30am and 12:10pm Saturdays and Holidays: 7:30am Sunday: 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 6:00pm

Hours for Confession Wednesday and Friday: 7:00am and 11:30am

Shrine Parish of St. Martin of Tours

Bocaue nancyjose_0907@yahoo.com.ph +639139122

The church dates from 1606 and was originally a part of the Archdiocese of Manila. The church was dedicated in honor of St. Martin of Tours and is a diocesan shrine in honor of the Holy Cross more popularly known as "Krus ng Wawa" to local devotees.

Open Hours Weekdays from 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Sundays from 5:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Times of Liturgical Celebrations Daily Mass at 6:00 AM Every Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 5:00 PM Every Sundays at 5:00 AM, 6:00 PM, 7:30 AM 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 5:00 PM & 6:30 PM

Hours for Confession Every Wednesdays after 6:00 AM mass

St. Augustine Cathedral

Iba joelhuerto0506@gmail.com +639088992852

Coral and Limestone Church built in the 1700’s by the Recollects. On the right is a five story octagonal bell tower. Located in Iba, Zambales town centre.

Open Hours Weekdays: 8:00 to 12:00, 13:00 to 17:00 Weekends: 8:00 to 12:00

Times of Liturgical Celebrations Holy Mass:

Weekdays: 6:00, 17:00 Sat: 6:00 Sundays: 6:30, 8:00, 17:00

Hours for Confession Weekdays: 5:45, 6:30, 16:30, 15:30 Weekends: 6:00, 7:30, 16:30, 18:00

Shrine Parish of St Francis of Assisi

Meycauayan psfa1578@yahoo.com +447696487

The Church is one of the Old Churches in Bulacan. It was founded in 1578 by Fr Juan de Plasencia and Fr Diego de Oropeza, the first batch of the Franciscan priests to arrive in the Philippines.

The bell tower of the Church is one of the two of its kind in the Philippines with a large arch bridge connecting the church and the tower. The tower was constructed by order of Fr Francisco Gascueña OFM. As of now, the Parish has just acquired its new Carillon bells through the generosity of some benefactors. It is the first Carillon swinging bells in Bulacan.

Shrine Parish of St Francis of Assisi Meycauayan <a href=psfa1578@yahoo.com +447696487 The Church is one of the Old Churches in Bulacan. It was founded in 1578 by Fr Juan de Plasencia and Fr Diego de Oropeza, the first batch of the Franciscan priests to arrive in the Philippines. The bell tower of the Church is one of the two of its kind in the Philippines with a large arch bridge connecting the church and the tower. The tower was constructed by order of Fr Francisco Gascueña OFM. As of now, the Parish has just acquired its new Carillon bells through the generosity of some benefactors. It is the first Carillon swinging bells in Bulacan. Open Hours The Parish Church is open from 5:30 in the Morning until 5:00 in the Afternoon. The Parish Office is open from 9:00 in the Morning until 11 in th Morning. It will resume by 1:00 in the afternoon until 5:00 in the afternoon. The office is open from Tuesday to Sunday. On Sundays, the Parish office is open until 12 noon only. Times of Liturgical Celebrations Daily Mass: 6:00am and 7:00am Wednesday: 6:00am, 7:00am, 5:00pm and 6:30pm Sunday Masses: Saturday 6:00pm (anticipated mass) 5:00am, 6:00am, 7:00am, 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 7:00pm Hours for Confession Confession may be done anytime. Priests are available anytime. On daily masses, after the 6am Mass, a priest would be available for confession until 7:30am. Other Information Parish Office Telephone number: (044) 769-6487 Shrine Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag Manaoag www.manaoagshrine.org napsipalay@yahoo.com +63755290132 The Dominicans started the mission at Manaoag on 1605. Since then the Image of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag was placed in the Dominican mission first from Baloquing (which is the present site of the cemetery) then to its present location. In 1610, Fr. Tomas Jimenez, O.P. took over the mission as the first resident priest. Since December 8, 1972, the Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag has been under the care of the Filipino Dominicans. April 21, 1926 was the first Canonical Coronation of Our Lady of Manaoag. The Silver Jubilee Celebration of the Canonical Coronation of Our Lady was held on May 4, 1951. The Coronation's Golden jubilee was celebrated on May 5, 1976. The Diamond Jubilee Celebration took place on May 2, 2001. On February 17, 2015 with Archbishop Socrates Villegas, The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag was granted the status of Minor Basilica. " id="pdf-obj-35-12" src="pdf-obj-35-12.jpg">

Open Hours The Parish Church is open from 5:30 in the Morning until 5:00 in the Afternoon. The Parish Office is open from 9:00 in the Morning until 11 in th Morning. It will resume by 1:00 in the afternoon until 5:00 in the afternoon. The office is open from Tuesday to Sunday. On Sundays, the Parish office is open until 12 noon only.

Times of Liturgical Celebrations Daily Mass: 6:00am and 7:00am Wednesday: 6:00am, 7:00am, 5:00pm and

6:30pm

Sunday Masses:

Saturday 6:00pm (anticipated mass) 5:00am, 6:00am, 7:00am, 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 7:00pm

Hours for Confession Confession may be done anytime. Priests are available anytime. On daily masses, after the 6am Mass, a priest would be available for confession until 7:30am.

Other Information Parish Office Telephone number: (044) 769-6487

Shrine Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag

Manaoag

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The Dominicans started the mission at Manaoag on 1605. Since then the Image of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag was placed in the Dominican mission first from Baloquing (which is the present site of the cemetery) then to its present location. In 1610, Fr. Tomas Jimenez, O.P. took over the mission as the first resident priest. Since December 8, 1972, the Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag has been under the care of the Filipino Dominicans.

April 21, 1926 was the first Canonical Coronation of Our Lady of Manaoag. The Silver Jubilee Celebration of the Canonical Coronation of Our Lady was held on May 4, 1951. The Coronation's Golden jubilee was celebrated on May 5, 1976. The Diamond Jubilee Celebration took place on May 2, 2001.

On February 17, 2015 with Archbishop Socrates Villegas, The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag was granted the status of Minor Basilica.

Shrine Parish of St Francis of Assisi Meycauayan <a href=psfa1578@yahoo.com +447696487 The Church is one of the Old Churches in Bulacan. It was founded in 1578 by Fr Juan de Plasencia and Fr Diego de Oropeza, the first batch of the Franciscan priests to arrive in the Philippines. The bell tower of the Church is one of the two of its kind in the Philippines with a large arch bridge connecting the church and the tower. The tower was constructed by order of Fr Francisco Gascueña OFM. As of now, the Parish has just acquired its new Carillon bells through the generosity of some benefactors. It is the first Carillon swinging bells in Bulacan. Open Hours The Parish Church is open from 5:30 in the Morning until 5:00 in the Afternoon. The Parish Office is open from 9:00 in the Morning until 11 in th Morning. It will resume by 1:00 in the afternoon until 5:00 in the afternoon. The office is open from Tuesday to Sunday. On Sundays, the Parish office is open until 12 noon only. Times of Liturgical Celebrations Daily Mass: 6:00am and 7:00am Wednesday: 6:00am, 7:00am, 5:00pm and 6:30pm Sunday Masses: Saturday 6:00pm (anticipated mass) 5:00am, 6:00am, 7:00am, 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 7:00pm Hours for Confession Confession may be done anytime. Priests are available anytime. On daily masses, after the 6am Mass, a priest would be available for confession until 7:30am. Other Information Parish Office Telephone number: (044) 769-6487 Shrine Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag Manaoag www.manaoagshrine.org napsipalay@yahoo.com +63755290132 The Dominicans started the mission at Manaoag on 1605. Since then the Image of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag was placed in the Dominican mission first from Baloquing (which is the present site of the cemetery) then to its present location. In 1610, Fr. Tomas Jimenez, O.P. took over the mission as the first resident priest. Since December 8, 1972, the Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag has been under the care of the Filipino Dominicans. April 21, 1926 was the first Canonical Coronation of Our Lady of Manaoag. The Silver Jubilee Celebration of the Canonical Coronation of Our Lady was held on May 4, 1951. The Coronation's Golden jubilee was celebrated on May 5, 1976. The Diamond Jubilee Celebration took place on May 2, 2001. On February 17, 2015 with Archbishop Socrates Villegas, The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag was granted the status of Minor Basilica. " id="pdf-obj-35-45" src="pdf-obj-35-45.jpg">

Open Hours Weekdays and Weekends 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Times of Liturgical Celebrations Holy Mass Mondays to Fridays 5 AM to 11 AM and 5 PM Saturdays 5 AM to 12 Noon and 430 PM Sundays 5 AM to 12 noon and 3 PM to 5 PM Liturgy of the Hours Morning Prayer Monday to Friday 6 AM

Office of Reading and Evening Prayer Monday to Saturday 6 PM Dawn Procession and Rosary First Saturday of the month at 4 AM

Hours for Confession Monday to Saturday 7AM to 8:30 AM

Other Information Feast Days Every First Sunday of October Every third Wednesday of Easter

Shrine Santuario de San Pedro Bautista Parish

Quezon City sanpedrobautistaparish@yahoo.com +639273398733

Santuario de San Pedro Bautista is a parish church in the San Francisco del Monte district of Quezon City, in the Philippines. It is one of the oldest church in the country having founded in 1590. The church is dedicated to its founder Fr. Pedro Bautista, OFM, a Spanish missionary from Avila, Spain, one of the 26 Christians martyred in Japan in 1597. The shrine belongs to the Diocese of Cubao under the administration of the Order of Friars Minor (OFM) of the Province of San Pedro Bautista in the Philippines.

Open Hours Weekdays and Weekends 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM Times of Liturgical Celebrations Holy Masssanpedrobautistaparish@yahoo.com +639273398733 Santuario de San Pedro Bautista is a parish church in the San Francisco del Monte district of Quezon City, in the Philippines. It is one of the oldest church in the country having founded in 1590. The church is dedicated to its founder Fr. Pedro Bautista, OFM, a Spanish missionary from Avila, Spain, one of the 26 Christians martyred in Japan in 1597. The shrine belongs to the Diocese of Cubao under the administration of the Order of Friars Minor (OFM) of the Province of San Pedro Bautista in the Philippines. Open Hours Weekdays from 05:00 AM to 08:00 PM. Sundays at 04:00 PM to 09:00 PM. Times of Liturgical Celebrations Weekday Masses: 05:30 AM, 06:30 AM, 06:00 PM Sunday Masses: 05:00 AM, 06:15 AM, 07:30 AM, 08:45 AM, 10:00 AM, 04:00 PM, 05:15 PM, 06:30 PM, 07:45 PM. Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph Balanga http://balangadiocese.com Facebook padremaximo@me.com +18458216161 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Every Thursday at 07:00 AM to 06:00 PM, First Fridays at 05:00-06:00 PM. Baptism: Every Sunday at 11:00 AM Weddings: Hours for Confession Every Thursday from 07:00-10:00 AM and 05:00- 08:00 PM. It can be also done by appointment. The patron saint of the Universal Church, St. Joseph, Husband of Mary, is honored here. Open Hours Weekdays: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Times of Liturgical Celebrations Holy Mass Weekdays: 5:30 am, 6:30 am, 12 noon and 5:30 pm Sundays: 5:00 am, 6:30 am, 8:00 am 9:15 am, 4:00 pm, 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm Adoration: All day Hours for Confession 4:30 pm Daily and before every Mass " id="pdf-obj-36-22" src="pdf-obj-36-22.jpg">

Open Hours Weekdays from 05:00 AM to 08:00 PM. Sundays at 04:00 PM to 09:00 PM.

Times of Liturgical Celebrations Weekday Masses: 05:30 AM, 06:30 AM, 06:00 PM Sunday Masses: 05:00 AM, 06:15 AM, 07:30 AM, 08:45 AM, 10:00 AM, 04:00 PM, 05:15 PM, 06:30 PM, 07:45 PM.

Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph

Balanga

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Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Every Thursday at 07:00 AM to 06:00 PM, First Fridays at 05:00-06:00 PM. Baptism: Every Sunday at 11:00 AM Weddings:

Hours for Confession Every Thursday from 07:00-10:00 AM and 05:00- 08:00 PM. It can be also done by appointment.

The patron saint of the Universal Church, St. Joseph, Husband of Mary, is honored here.

Open Hours Weekdays: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Times of Liturgical Celebrations Holy Mass Weekdays: 5:30 am, 6:30 am, 12 noon and 5:30 pm

Sundays: 5:00 am, 6:30 am, 8:00 am 9:15 am, 4:00 pm, 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm Adoration: All day

Hours for Confession 4:30 pm Daily and before every Mass

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